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15 May 2018 by TSZ

2018 FA Cup Final – Chelsea vs Manchester United Preview

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When? Saturday 19th May, 17:15 (UK)

Where? Wembley Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC One/BT Sport 2

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Chelsea W3, Man Utd W2
All-time meetings: Chelsea W53, Man Utd W77, D49

CHELSEA

Predicted line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Morata, Hazard

Unavailable: David Luiz (Injured), Ampadu (Injured), Drinkwater (Injured)

Doubtful:

MANCHESTER UNITED

Predicted line-up: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba, Herrera; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez

Unavailable: Fellaini (Injured)

Doubtful: Lukaku (Injured), Martial (Injured)

PREDICTION

The FA Cup final is always a huge occasion and it will be no different when these two giants meet on Saturday. Chelsea's season has been vastly underwhelming following last year's Premier League triumph so they will be desperate to end it on a high note in what appears to be Antonio Conte's final game in charge of the club.

Man Utd have fared better, but such are the demands of the club, second place in the Premier League and no silverware will be seen as failure so Jose Mourinho will be only too aware of how important it is bring the trophy back to Manchester.

Chelsea's form tailed off towards the very end of the Premier League campaign and there are once again question marks over the mentality and commitment of their players. They will no doubt raise their level for the final, but United have been the better team overall this season and are in better shape to secure the trophy, so Mourinho's men get the nod.

MEMORABLE FA CUP MEETING
11 years ago these two sides met in the FA Cup final, a game that had the distinction of being the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium. It was a game that had few chances as neither Chelsea or Manchester United’s defenders were in a generous mood that afternoon.

After a 116-minute long war of attrition, it was left to Didier Drogba to make himself a hero for Chelsea. The Ivorian conjured up a goal worthy of winning any final; receiving Jon Obi Mikel's pass, Drogba clipped the ball to Frank Lampard before spinning into the box. The England midfielder delivered the perfect volleyed return to Drogba who nipped ahead of Edwin Van Der Sar before poking home. With the game almost certain to be heading for penalties, there would be no need for them as Chelsea held out the final few seconds to become the 2007 FA Cup winners.

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